What We Do & How We Do It with Naomi Chambers

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 12-12:45pm

Naomi Chambers is a painter and assemblage sculptor born in Pittsburgh in 1987. Growing up in the 90’s she enjoyed so many free arts programs in the city which unaware to her had such an effect on her creative growth and critical thinking in all aspects of her life. Her senior year of high school she decided to take an art class. Towards the end of the school year her teacher told Naomi that she had great ideas, which was eighty percent of what it took to be a great artist. The other twenty was skill, and that was easy to obtain. She realized art would be a part of her life going forward. She graduated with a double degree from the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Studio Arts and Marketing in 2009. In 2012, she took the leap to be a full time artist, and had her first solo show in January 2013. In 2017, she and her husband worked with a collective of artists to open FlowerHouse, a community art studio and creative space in Wilkinsburg where they offer workshops and classes for the predominantly black community. In 2017, she was also awarded the Investing In Professional Artist grant from the Heinz Endowment and Pittsburgh Foundation. In 2018, She had her first solo exhibition, Communal Futures at an arts institution, August Wilson Center: African American Cultural Center. “I want my work to fill people up with love, hope, and wonder like my favorite artists do for me. It’s about the creation of possibilities… new worlds we create for ourselves not solely the one we were born to.”

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